Getting the Best Out of Your Makeup Trial

We feature a lot of weddings. And while the weddings are gorgeous and inspirational, often times we want to just focus on the beauty. Because after all, you have to look your best on your wedding day, right?  Clear skin, dreamy hair, perfect makeup — our beauty articles will give you all the beauty inspiration and tips you need to look flawless on your wedding day, or any day truly.

In this week's beauty feature, our coterie members Sharon of Sharon S. Davis Makeup Artistry and Dajuan of In His Image Photography teamed up for a beauty shoot highlighting various makeup and hair styles + Sharon is dishing out her top tips for getting the most out of your makeup trial.  We hope you love these beauty looks as much as we do.

Getting the Best out of your Makeup Trial
Text by Sharon Davis

As our brides say the magical words “I do,”  It is time to begin the planning process.   Makeup is one of the most important investments for a bride next to her dress.  Brides desire to look their best and timeless for their day!  It is very important that a bride select a professional makeup artist and complete a Makeup Trial.   A makeup trial can be easy for some or sometimes a challenge.  The reason it can be a slight challenge because the bride is not sure what she is looking for or what to expect.  As a makeup artist, I  pace out for my clients that they will experience a full face application.  This is the time to try various looks and better understand professional makeup application compared to your everyday makeup routine.   There are a lot of questions that occur in  the consultations and I have chosen the three most popular  and provided a visual to help guide you on the quest. 

I want to look natural, a better me!

To use less makeup I encourage my brides to invest in a great skincare routine!  There is no way to get around it; beautiful skin starts from within. 

Complexion:  I created glowing skin on my model by concealing and mixing her color completion in a moisturizer as well as adding a little shimmer cream in the mix. 

Eyes:   a neutral color palette was the palette of choice.   Use of Matte  texture eye shadows with a hint of shimmers in browns, gold, and peach defined our models eyes.  The grand finale for our models eyes is to finish the look off with a set of beautiful lashes. 

Cheeks:   Bronzer with a hint of Terra Cotta and Tangerine shades of blush provided a kiss of warmth on our models cheeks.

Lips:   Build upon the bride’s natural color in the lips and then add a highlight utilizing a white gold or soft rose color in the center. 

Finish:   Softly Contour the cheeks and the temples of the forehead. 

How can I incorporate my wedding colors into my makeup look?  Will that be too much?

Yes you can and it won’t be too much considering the color of choice.  There are ways to add pops of color into your look without looking dated.   The look above consist of  various violets.  This has been a reoccurring color combination this season among my brides.  My goal with this look is to display a gradation of colors   and how this color palette can complement each other and not compete against each other. This palette is perfect for any spring and summer bride.

Is a Smokey Eye appropriate for a wedding?

Absolutely!  In this photo our model is displaying how to wear a smoky eye.  In such a bridal look, it is ideal to let the smoky eye be the focus feature, therefore softening the lips with a neutral color palette.   This look is a sultry and classic look for any bride. 

Brides these are just a few tips and inspirations to help you better select options for your day.  Take advantage in your Makeup Trial to be open and honest with your makeup artist.  Take to the time to connect with your artist for this person is with you for an extended period of time for your big day.  As you select your beauty fit, allow your artist to be the professional and watch the  beauty magic happen.


Makeup:   Sharon Davis, S. Davis Makeup Artistry // Instagram: Sdotmua
Photography:  Dajuan Jones, In His Image Photography // Instagram: inhisimagephoto
Hair:   Gia Peebles,   Aura Salon and Boutique  // Instagram:  BoutiqueAura
Model:   Tacoya  Harris

  1. Ken Branson

    AMAZING! Keep up the good work Family.

  2. Valerie Barr

    I absolutely love Sharon, she has an amazing spirit and an exceptional gift. I always admire her work!!!

    Great job ladies!!


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